Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP 22:08 p.m., May 31, 2023Corentin Moutet also takes the exit. The Frenchman lost in four sets in the 2nd round of Roland-Garros against the Russian Andrey Rublev. A new French elimination that follows the defeats of Caroline Garcia, Ugo Humbert, Lucas Pouille or the hope Luca Van Assche.
World No. 7 Andrey Rublev, one of the underdogs of the Paris Grand Slam, ended the run of French left-hander Corentin Moutet (61st) 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of Roland Garros on Wednesday. Before Léolia Jeanjean's match in the evening, no French player has yet made it past the second round. Nor, in particular, the world number 5 Caroline Garcia, nor Ugo Humbert, Lucas Pouille and the hope Luca Van Assche.
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Sonego on the road to Rublev
Moutet saved a first ball of the match on an impeccable winning lob, but Rublev converted his second opportunity moments later, to win in almost three hours. "I was playing well, I was leading two sets to zero, and I relaxed a bit, he started to play better, he had nothing left to lose, I tried to refocus and I was able to turn the tide in the fourth set," explained the Russian puncher, so often caught up in his emotions. Rublev will face Italy's Lorenzo Sonego (48th) for a spot in the knockout rounds.
During the clay court season, the 25-year-old Russian won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo in mid-April and reached the final in Banja Luka (Bosnia) in the process.